Wednesday, July 18, 2012
When you decide to go abroad to study English, you must have a strong determination. Your mind should be stronger than your emotions.
At first, some things you've never seen in your home country will shock you. The culture is different and the way of life here is a little laid back. The climate is almost always warm. These and other factors all contribute to the development of the lonely feeling called homesickness.
It's true, you may feel homesick sometimes. You may miss your family, your friends, your previous job and all that you left behind. Unfortunately, some students have let their homesickness get in the way of their journey.
Try to imagine the time when you were very young. You were just a tiny, helpless creature. But as days went by you discovered the strength of your knees, and you tried to stand up. Next, you dared to make a step forward. Your first steps were wobbly and for countless of times you stumbled and fell, and probably even got hurt. You did not give up. You did not remain slumped on the ground. You stood back up and walked again with more determined steps. You were very happy when finally, you learned how to walk. You not only learned how to walk but also how to run, skip and jump. Had you been too scared or too disappointed to stand up and walk again, what would you be now?
Now let's connect this to your learning English.
Sometimes you feel disappointed especially when you can't remember a very important English word. Sometimes, you get so homesick. Sometimes you think that the future looks so vague. At a certain point, students reach this point called slump. Some students fail to realize that this feeling is transitory. It's just a small part of the adjustment period. Sadly, some choose the easy way out; they buy a plane ticket, pack their suitcase, and go back home. Still, some choose to take life a little easier by drinking and hanging out with friends.
You may live until you are 80 or 85. That lifespan is very long. When you go abroad, you have only six months or one year to study English. You go abroad to study English and build your future. Who can make your dreams come true? Your friends? Of course, not, so it's not wise to build your life around them as though they were the only means of your survival abroad. It's okay to have friends of course, but be choosy. If your friends don't encourage you to study hard, if they only want to hang out with you, are they really your friends? Choose friends that don't spoil your good habits.
Life is fleeting. Once a moment is gone, it's gone. You cannot turn back time. Should you let your negative feelings defeat you, or should you be man enough to face them, get rid of them, and go on with your dreams? The choice is yours.
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